How About Now
Our movement through the world can often be seen by our physical presence but can also be evident in what remains. Objects we require, marks we have made either intentionally or unintentionally, the arrangement or rearrangement of the space we take up could be seen as a map of our presence however vague the evidence might be.
For How About Now I have selected works that can be perceived as dealing with one or both subjects: The Void/The Present. While each piece may have been conceived and created with different intentions in the context of this grouping a narrative is created, lines are drawn and assumptions are made about reason. Most of the work was created not for this show but were either made for previous shows or have previously just been residing in the artists’ studios.
From Dane Johnson’s removal of the feature subjects in his “Players” painting to Joseph Imhauser’s “Legend Hill, kitchen” photograph that documents the interior of a well used kitchen to Kate Harding’s “Meramec Caverns” paintings to Tanya Brodsky’s “Cleanliness...(triptych)”, How About Now balances the idea of what it is to be present and what it is to be absent and the point at which they meet.
The title of the show, How About Now, is taken from a group show Dane Johnson curated in 2010 at Sabina Lee Gallery. I remember hassling Dane about the show title not having a question mark and he insisted it was a statement, not a question, which I found both amusing and perplexing. Now three years later I am presenting the same statement while wondering if my intention is indeed a question or am I recognizing that Now is Now as it was Then.
- j.frede 2013